Islamabad: Court reserves judgment over Khalid Jadoon’s bail plea
ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad court on Wednesday reserved judgment over a bail plea filed by prayer leader Khalid Jadoon Chishti, implicated in a blasphemy case against Christian girl Rimsha Masih, Express News reported. The court is reported to announce the judgment at 11:30am, today.
Chishti’s counsel in the court asked if the Islamabad High Court’s stay on the trial court proceedings against Rimsha had any affects on his bail plea, over which the court said that it did not.
Earlier, the three witnesses who had earlier testified against Chishti had withdrawn their statements, insisting that the police had “coerced” them into doing so.
In their affidavits before the court, witnesses Hafiz Owais, Khurram Shahzad and Danish Ahmed had reneged from their previously-recorded statements, claiming these were recorded under duress.
According to their new affidavits, they did not see prayer leader Chishti desecrating pages from the Holy Quran and adding them to the evidence against Rimsha.